Saturday, October 19, 2013

Badass Books: All Our Yesterdays

Guys: This month. Phew. October is my favorite month of the year, but for the first time in my life, I can't wait for it to be over. You probably haven't seen much of me. I haven't been blogging. I haven't been commenting. I've really haven't been Tweeting. Work has taken over my life this month in what (I hope) is a temporary triage mode, as my department of what should be at least eight or nine, has dwindled down to five. You probably still won't see much of my until November rolls around.

But I digress.

Summary (from Goodreads)

"You have to kill him." Imprisoned in the heart of a secret military base, Em has nothing except the voice of the boy in the cell next door and the list of instructions she finds taped inside the drain.

Only Em can complete the final instruction. She’s tried everything to prevent the creation of a time machine that will tear the world apart. She holds the proof: a list she has never seen before, written in her own hand. Each failed attempt in the past has led her to the same terrible present—imprisoned and tortured by a sadistic man called the doctor while war rages outside. 

Marina has loved her best friend James since the day he moved next door when they were children. A gorgeous, introverted science prodigy from one of America’s most famous families, James finally seems to be seeing Marina in a new way, too. But on one disastrous night, James’s life crumbles apart, and with it, Marina’s hopes for their future. Now someone is trying to kill him. Marina will protect James, no matter what. Even if it means opening her eyes to a truth so terrible that she may not survive it. At least not as the girl she once was. 

All Our Yesterdays is a wrenching, brilliantly plotted story of fierce love, unthinkable sacrifice, and the infinite implications of our every choice.

Why I read it: Actually, I won it. For whatever reason (largely because somehow I missed this when scouring the debut list), this story didn't make my DAC list. But I won it on Jaime Morrow's blog back in September. I actually read it at the end of September. So yeah, long time coming.

ZOMG Yes: I really enjoyed this story and am glad it fell into my hands. I would've hated to miss it. I read it in a day (as I tend to do with fast-paced sci-fi YA). I've always been a sucker for time travel, and this story did not disappoint.

The premise felt original to me (hard to do these days with time travel), and I loved the roll out of the characters. I really feel like there's not much I can say about them without being too spoilery, but I loved getting to know every side of them--seeing who they were, watching them grow SPOILER: watching them watch themselves grow.

And the villain? Wow. Nicely done. If you like a story with a well-developed villain, this one's for you.

Hmmm: I'm still not really sure what happened at the end. It definitely worked for the story, but I'm still thinking it through.

1 comment:

  1. This one's on my must-read list, but I'm trying to take it easy on my book buying this month. Hopefully my library will stock it soon! I've heard such fantastic things about it, and Cristin is awesome. :-)